Many people I talked to said I was completely crazy, some thought my idea was a little wishful, others were completely supportive, a small minority were a bit jealous, and others I didn’t dare mention it to. The idea was to move out of the room I was renting and move into a tent in the woods, and after a bit of work and a little bit of easing myself into the logistics of being without-house, that’s just what I ended up doing. For nine consecutive months in 2013 I lived in the woods in a tent. I found a five acre plot of undeveloped land in the suburbs of Orlando Florida that didn’t have an obvious owner, chopped down some brush, set up a canopy, built an off-grid shower, and pitched a tent. I got rid of all of my unnecessary things and just kept a few pairs of clothes, a water jug, a small cooler, my laptop computer, and my beloved surfboard then stored them all neatly in the trunk of my car, except for my surfboard of course. That had to go to my parents’ house. When it was convenient, I took showers at the UCF gym, otherwise I used my makeshift shower in the woods. I studied at coffee shops, the library, and friends’ houses. Honestly, life didn’t change much outside of the obvious changes in my daily routine.
I have tons I could say about the whole thing, but I would honestly rather answer questions that you have in the comments section, so please, if you have any questions don’t hesitate to ask. Here is a walk-through of my place and some more explanation. Enjoy, and I hope this can encourage you to live a little more out of your comfort zone 🙂